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UPDATE: 'Robo-calls' dial up senators, spur federal investigation

A national wave of spam "robocalls" warn people that their auto warranties are about to expire and that they need to sign up for new service plans. Federal regulators are close to filing lawsuits against companines behind the calls.

Ag secretary to speak at rural forum in Missouri

The USDA says the secretary wants to hear from rural residents about what they believe the USDA can do to help rural communities prosper in the 21st century economy.

UPDATE: Missouri agriculture community needs jobs, money, Vilsack says

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke Tuesday at a forum in Portageville, a Bootheel town about 170 miles south of St. Louis. He discussed job losses in the field and said more young people are needed in the trade.

Fort Leonard Wood soldier's trial date re-set

The trial date for Spc. Jermaine Johnson, who is charged in the death of Myria Silva, has been re-set for June 29 to July 1. Silva was the wife of Pfc. Benjamin Silva.

Snake blamed for power outage at Missouri Capitol

The electricity went out in downtown Jefferson City for about an hour Tuesday as lawmakers were debating legislation and schoolchildren were touring the Capitol.

American Italian Pasta reports higher second-quarter profits

The nation's largest dry pasta maker says its second-quarter profits almost tripled,  earning $26.2 million.

Fleeing driver crashes into bus in Springfield

Springfield police said in a news release that officers tried to stop the driver twice yesterday afternoon, but never pursued the pickup truck. The truck ran a stop sign and drove into the path of the City Utilities bus.

Man faces manslaughter charges in wife's death

Authorities say the man and his stepson were involved in an argument at their home when the gun discharged and struck his wife in the abdomen. She died about a month after the incident.

Missouri lawmakers approve health care provider taxes

The Missouri House gave final approval to the bill 127-31 yesterday, creating new taxes for ambulance services, in-home care providers and centers for the developmentally disabled.

KC unveils plan to be more bike friendly


The city plans to spend about $7 million this year on five more miles of trails.By 2025, the plan calls for 230 miles of trails just within the city limits.

Train derails in Franklin County

Cars jumped the tracks along the riverbank of the Missouri River at Route 185 and Highway 100.

Smoke inhalation killed Missouri couple whose home exploded

Both people used oxygen and had removed all gas appliances inside the home because the wife was a smoker.

Missouri man detained in Myanmar

A Missouri man is accused of swimming across a lake to sneak into the home of detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Ky, who is not allowed visitors. 

Layoffs continue in Missouri, other states despite stimulus

Although Congress passed a $135 billion stimulus package, many states, including Missouri, are laying off public employees because they cannot afford to keep them even with the stimulus funds.

Woman finds "Twilight" sequel script in St. Louis

Her decision to turn the "New Moon" script over to the studio got her an invitation to the premiere of the vampire movie sequel.

Missouri House approves health care provider taxes

Missouri has finally found a way to draw more federal Medicaid money. The bill that places a tax on health care providers passed through the Missouri House on Monday. If it is approved by Gov. Jay Nixon, the money from the taxes will be used to increase the federal Medicaid money coming in.

Thousands in Missouri still without power

Power outages remain in southern Missouri after Friday's storms. 

Deer euthanized after it was injured at Kansas City airport

A deer ran into Kansas City International Airport early Monday morning. It eventually ran into an office, where officers from Kansas City Animal Control and Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services tranquilized, and later euthanized, it.

Probe sought into phone spam companies selling vehicle warranties

A lot of these companies are based in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Better Business Bureau receives numerous complaints about the companies every month.

Bills would help adopted adults find birth family information

Time is running out in this legislative session, but sponsors see hope for the future.